Gus wants to keep his Spi­ders

Boss hopes his squad want to stay

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Will Hen­shaw

Queen’s Park gaffer Gus MacPher­son says he is hope­ful of keep­ing the ma­jor­ity of his play­ers this sea­son.

In sea­sons past, QP have strug­gled to hold on to their star per­form­ers as clubs with big­ger bud­gets swoop.

How­ever the 46-year-old doesn’t ex­pect the same ex­o­dus this sum­mer and said the good dress­ing room at­mos­phere, com­bined with their im­proved sea­son, will make his play­ers want to stay.

He ex­plained: “With­out putting a fig­ure on it, I’m hope­ful the ma­jor­ity of play­ers would want to stay.

“We have a good group here who en­joyed the sea­son and that makes a big dif­fer­ence.

“First things first - we’ve got to be sure about who wants to stay. I spoke to the play­ers last week and they want time to think about things.

“It’s like that at any level of foot­ball this time of the year though, they want to ac­cess their op­tions.

“They’re all good guys and I would ex­pect them to let us know by the week­end.”

The for­mer St Mir­ren manager guided Queen’s to sec­ond in League Two - a mas­sive turn around con­sid­er­ing they fin­ished bot­tom the sea­son be­fore.

And they were un­lucky to lose out in the play-off fi­nal against Sten­house­muir 2 -1 on ag­gre­gate.

Gus hopes that the im­prove­ment will also help to at­tract new play­ers to Ham­p­den over the sum­mer.

He added: “I think it helps, it can help when you try and bring in new play­ers as well, as they can see you had a good sea­son and would want to join up.

“With re­gards to bring­ing play­ers in, I’d ex­pect us to try and get four of five fresh faces, but ob­vi­ously that de­pends on who wants to stay.”

Queen’s Park are also look­ing for a new Head of Youth Foot­ball. The po­si­tion is cur­rently ad­ver­tised on the QP web­site, and states “the suc­cess­ful can­di­date will have a proven track record in a foot­balling en­vi­ron­ment as well as hold­ing, or work­ing to­wards, a Scot­tish FA Youth Li­cense qual­i­fi­ca­tion, or equiv­a­lent”. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.queensparkfc.co.uk

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